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Chocolate coconut amaranth baked pudding

You know the expression, “kill two birds with one stone”? I kind of loathe it. That statement seems to contradict itself, given “kind of” and “loathe” don’t exactly work well together, but why do the birds need to be killed, anyway? There is way too much brutality in the physical world today; let’s kindly give the metaphorical a happy place. But back to that phrase. I...

Roasted seasonal vegetables with farro salad

Some of my favorite dishes seem too simple to record on this blog, like proudly stating the obvious only to land in a puddle of second-guessing and embarrassment. Yet, when I do write them down, I usually end up consulting the method repeatedly. It may be  some things seem to easy to bother remembering, despite knowing that little changes in things like seasoning and cook time yield totally different dishes. At the same...

Three Healthy-for-cupcakes birthday treats

It’s been several days now since the big par-tay, and I’m only just beginning to process officially crossing over from Babydom into Toddler Time.  Where did the last year go?! How overwhelmingly bittersweet, painfully missing my baby while rejoicing in the amazing, mirthful, marvelous little wonderball of an individual he’s becoming by the second. Lately, I’ve felt bowled over with wistfulness and...

Ancient Harvest Recipe Roundup: August

One day, hopefully soon, I’ll throw together one of those typical wordy ramblings with a dash (or dump) of soul-searching and/or reflection sprinkled in…because there is something liberating in that, sometimes. But that is not today. Lots going on here, and my brain feels a little clogged. I’m taking a break from experimentation, unless you count the attempts to make monkey faces out of banana chips on 72...

Crunchy quinoa granola bars

As much as I’d like to go ahead and write up the ramble bouncing around in my head on this morning’s trail run, I’ve got nothing but another quick & simple post today. Day-to-day life continues to pick up the pace, threatening to leave my brain behind. I’m excited to share, however…my first recipe for Ancient Harvest is officially up! Quinoa crunch snack bars: hearty and somewhat chewy, like...

Healthy for cake carrot cake with cashew frosting

First off, isn’t this photo pretty…for one of mine, I mean? It’s a wonder what a good lens can do. That, and actually spending time preparing and taking pictures. With today’s amazing equipment, small steps can really elevate results from exceptionally poor (as in my case) to just about average, which on a relative personal scale can translate into stunning, on a good day. I’ll be honest, the...

Butternut and black bean burritos with red pepper ...

I’ll be brief–this week/month is packed, and today my head is swimming with that treading water feeling. I have no time…but who does? It’s August (just about), and the “dog days” don’t let you laze around in the shade like I wish they would sometimes. Good things, mostly, but preoccupying. In addition to life as we know it lately, a few exciting extras: With LiveWell Longmont, Melissa...

Better-for-you butternut oatmeal chip cookies

So often it seems success and contentment involve a little letting go. I hope that proves true with those things hardest to let go of, when we find we have to. For now, these cookies are a little bit of practice, albeit in a a fluffy (literally and figuratively), flippant way. In a quest to compile a range of  healthy-for-cookies cookie options, I’ve wrestled with disappointment over cake-like cookies, even when they...

Quinoa summer succotash

When you eat a whole lot of lentils and beans on a regular basis, you may find yourself reaching for an assortment of names. The meals may be similar, but  identifying them differently seems to add uniqueness and variety that’s delicious in its own way.  What does it matter if said names and dishes can really be used interchangeably! One week a skillet supper, next a salad, a pilaf, a stir-fry…or, this week,...

Let’s Play!

Go ahead. Play with your food. That’s our tag line for Plot to Plate, and I can’t help but admit I love it.  Even more so as of Wednesday, when Melissa and I got to share an edible play date with some 50 or more creative kids and LiveWell Longmont at the Longmont Downtown Farmers’ Market. As part of LiveWell’s mission to promote healthy eating through early educational opportunities, we’re...

Easy dairy free tuna salad

Dave joked the other day, “My favorite part of being vegan is the recipes you make with fish or eggs.” Ha. This is so easy I don’t really want to call it a “recipe”, but to me it came as a fun surprise so I wanted to share. I was going to make a “Better-than-tuna-salad” from The Vegan Table using chickpeas, but decided to modify it quite a bit…like by using tuna. Whether...

Green with gladness: spring/summer green smoothie

I started this week a little glum, a smidgeon green with envy. I ended feeling green with gladness and good luck. Like so many things (baby smiles, coos, cuddles, giggles, and wiggles), I wish I could bottle up the feeling to recreate another day.  At least I found a smoothie that closely captures its flavor–fresh like spring, radiant like summer. Since our Little Monkey was born, I’ve been taking time off from...